Police warn owners to lock vehicles

Vehicle owners have again been warned by Oamaru police not to leave them unlocked and the keys inside after a car taken on Monday night was recovered undamaged on Tuesday afternoon.

The blue 1992 Mazda 323 Astina was taken between 5.30pm and 6.40pm on Monday while its owner was in the Waitaki Recreation Centre.

It was unlocked with the keys in it.

The theft attracted a lot of comment on social media and the car was found a short distance away parked in Usk St at 3pm on Tuesday.

Sergeant Tony Woodbridge said yesterday forensic tests had been carried out on the car, but police would also like to hear from any witnesses who might have seen it after it was taken.

Oamaru people were very trusting leaving doors and vehicles unlocked, an indication of a community ''others wished they had''.

However, that was not wise and people should ensure homes and vehicles were locked, no matter how long they intended to be away from them.

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